ICYMI: Here are our top stories from Thursday, April 11

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 11, 2019-

Here are some of the top stories from The Kathmandu Post (April 11, 2019).


After promises failed, secretaries told to focus on 'big' and ‘flagship’ and projects

As the fiscal year draws to a close, the government is now working on the Policies and Programmes for the fiscal year 2019-2020. Officials familiar with the developments say the government this time is coming up with even more ambitious plans and projects.

During last week’s secretary-level meeting, the Post has learned, top bureaucrats were asked to focus on large projects and adopt bigger and flagship schemes while formulating the programmes.

Minutes of the meeting, a copy of which was obtained by the Post, say secretaries should adopt a “bigger approach” in the infrastructure sector and “best quality approach” in social sectors like health and education “to increase the government’s effectiveness”.

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Nepal Army wants to withdraw its peacekeepers from Libyan capital

The Nepal Army, through the Office of the Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations in New York, has informed the UN about its willingness to withdraw its troops.

Brigadier General Yam Dhakal, spokesperson for the Nepal Army, told the Post that because Nepali blue helmets are guarding the headquarters, it will depend on Salamé—on how long he wants to stay there—before the 231-strong Nepali troops return. Only one official, who has been deployed as an observer, is staying in Tunisia while the remaining 230 are in Tripoli. 

“Given the deteriorating security situation, we have conveyed our willingness to pull our troops out,” Dhakal told the Post.

The Nepal Army’s decision to evacuate its troops comes after other countries, including the United States and India, withdrew their forces from Tripoli.

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Why did Kathmandu airport allow FlyDubai to take off but ground Nepal Airlines? Officials don’t have a clear answer.

On April 2, Nepal Airlines flight RA231 was scheduled to take off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for Dubai, but ended up being grounded overnight, for nearly 11 hours, because of new regulations regarding flight time limitations.

On Tuesday, Flydubai flight FZ574, which like the Nepal Airlines flight, had crossed regulatory time limits, was permitted to take off. Despite similar situations, airport authorities appear to have taken an ad-hoc approach to flight time regulations.

“The airport’s general manager directed us to permit the flight,” said an air traffic controller on duty on Tuesday night. The airport, on October 24, 2018, had issued a notice to airmen regarding runway renovation work and had asked airlines to revise their flight schedule accordingly for three months—until June 30. To facilitate runway renovation, which started on April 1, the airport had mandated a flight cut off time of 10pm.


Why doctors at government hospitals nationwide are on strike, explained

Thousands of Nepalis across the country are bearing the brunt of the strike imposed by government doctors who have refused to attend to patients at government health facilities. Government doctors said on Wednesday--the sixth day of their strike--that they would provide emergency services from outside the hospital buildings, but would not enter the facilities. Patients with serious injuries and surgery said they were at their wits’ end, as they could not afford treatment at private health facilities. A majority of Nepalis rely on government health facilities for treatment, but when there are strikes, they have nowhere to turn to. The situation becomes more complicated when the government chooses to be silent. At the heart of this strike is the Civil Servant Adjustment Bill.

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TIA’s only café in sterile zone has been shut after owner was held with undeclared foreign currencies

The security committee of the Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday sealed the only café in the sterile zone of the airport. The café was owned by Subash Shrestha.

The Metropolitan Police Airport Security Office had on Friday arrested Shrestha as he carried with him a huge amount of undeclared foreign currencies. He was arrested while he was on boarding gate number 5 in the sterile zone of the airport, about to fly to Bangkok with his wife and children.

Shrestha was arrested with 22,150 Thai baht, 1,380 euros, $10,000 and 80,000 Chinese yuan.

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Published: 11-04-2019 18:55

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